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How to have a disaster of a match (and still play the next day)

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You are not alone. We have all had cricketing days we want to forget.
 
It doesn't have to be as dramatic as a golden duck or being hit for 25 in an over either. The context of the failure is just as important.
 
Imagine you are batting in a run chase, you are going well and looking likely to win when you lose concentration, play a poor shot and give your wicket away when you are set.

Get on with it: 3 ways to stop scoring too slowly

Being a slow scorer is like being the person who takes the last cake at tea without asking; it smacks of selfishness.

And no one wants to be accused of being selfish.

Avoiding this accusation can do weird things to even talented batsmen. I've seen otherwise sane club 1st XI openers slash across the line to good length balls just to stop themselves playing out 2 maidens in a row.

How to develop team spirit

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This is a guest article by Daniel Maddocks of T20Kids.com: Promoting Cricket for Kids. Daniel is an ECB Coach with experience in coaching young cricketers in the North West of England.

When the bowler runs in and the batsman is ready to face the ball they are on their own. So why should cricketers worry about team spirit?

Cricket Show 89: How to deal with a bad captain

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The show retains its shorter format this week as we look in detail at the question of how to deal with a bad captain.

Hypocrites make better cricketers

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If you want to get someone's hackles up, call them a hypocrite.

It's an insult against something we all hold dear: consistency between words and actions. Hypocrites talk the talk, but don't walk the walk.

Except if you want to be a better cricketer or coach, hypocrisy is a handy skill to have.

You just need to be able to get over the urge to be consistent.

Hobgoblin of the mind: Why consistency is a bad thing

How to guarantee the success of young cricketers in your senior team

This is a guest article by Daniel Maddocks of T20Kids.com: Promoting Cricket for Kids. Daniel is an ECB Coach with experience in coaching young cricketers in the North West of England.

Kids often play adult club cricket. But how do we make sure they enjoy it and do well?

The 5 immutable Laws of bowling success

Some say bowling is a 'god given' skill. Those rare few with the talent for it are the only ones who can succeed.

Those people are wrong.

Bowling ability isn't bestowed by a higher power at birth. It's the result of 5 simple things, all within the reach of anyone wanting to be successful with the ball.

How to stop choking

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It was the 25th September 2004. The English summer had passed on and autumn was in the air. But an ICC Champions Trophy final still needed to be played.

It was to be the scene of one of the greatest chokes in cricket history.

The West Indies had got off to a poor start chasing England's 217. After 17 overs they were 72-4 and wickets tumbled further until a hapless 147-8 put England firmly in the driving seat, moments from victory.

3 Ways to open the door of opportunity

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What do you do if you are not getting the chance you deserve in your cricket team?

It's a problem that happens every week in club, school and university teams. A few talented (or well established) players hog everything, leaving others to fight for scraps.

I'm sure you have seen or experienced a situation like this:

Can you visualise the future of your cricket to help build on the past?

This is a guest article by Daniel Maddocks of T20Kids.com: Promoting Cricket for Kids. Daniel is an ECB Coach with experience in coaching young cricketers in the North West of England.

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